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Memo 98 wants Election Law changed

MEDIA monitoring organisation Memo 98 says that parliament must change an election law concerning the role of media in the pre-election campaign.

"If parliament doesn't approve the changes the electorate will have, just as they did during the regional elections, limited access to information about political parties," Memo 98 said.

Private broadcasters agree with Memo 98. The current Election Law does not allow privately-owned media to give unusual air time to political parties, hold talk-shows involving politicians or carry ads for political parties in the pre-election campaign.

"At the moment the law does not set any penalties for private media which break this rule, even though it doesn't enable them to participate," Memo 98 said.

Several members of parliament (MPs) have proposed changes to the Election Law that will be debated in March.

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